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Mother West Wind "Where" Stories   By: (1874-1965)

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MOTHER WEST WIND "WHERE" STORIES

by

THORNTON W. BURGESS

Illustrations by Harrison Cady

[Illustration: "Then there was a crash, and everybody's eyes flew open." FRONTISPIECE. See Page 243. ]

Burgess Trade Quaddies Mark

Grosset & Dunlap Publishers New York By arrangement with Little, Brown, and Company Copyright, 1918, by Thornton W. Burgess. All rights reserved Printed in the United States of America

CONTENTS

CHAPTER PAGE

I. WHERE GRANDFATHER FROG GOT HIS BIG MOUTH 1

II. WHERE MISER THE TRADE RAT FIRST SET UP SHOP 17

III. WHERE YAP YAP THE PRAIRIE DOG USED HIS WITS 31

IV. WHERE YELLOW WING GOT HIS LIKING FOR THE GROUND 47

V. WHERE LITTLE CHIEF LEARNED TO MAKE HAY 61

VI. WHERE GLUTTON THE WOLVERINE GOT HIS NAME 77

VII. WHERE OLD MRS. 'GATOR MADE THE FIRST INCUBATOR 91

VIII. WHERE MR. QUACK GOT HIS WEBBED FEET 107

IX. WHERE THUNDERFOOT THE BISON GOT HIS HUMP 123

X. WHERE LIMBERHEELS GOT HIS LONG TAIL 139

XI. WHERE OLD MR. GOBBLER GOT THE STRUTTING HABIT 155

XII. WHERE SEEK SEEK GOT HIS PRETTY COAT 169

XIII. WHERE OLD MR. OSPREY LEARNED TO FISH 185

XIV. WHERE OLD MR. BOB CAT LEFT HIS HONOR 199

XV. WHERE DIPPY THE LOON GOT THE NAME OF BEING CRAZY 213

XVI. WHERE BIG HORN GOT HIS CURVED HORNS 229

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS

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"THEN THERE WAS A CRASH, AND EVERYBODY'S EYES FLEW OPEN" FRONTISPIECE

"LITTLE CHIEF'S FATHER TAUGHT HIM HOW TO MAKE HAY" 74

PETER NOTICED THOSE FEET THE FIRST TIME HE MET MR. AND MRS. QUACK 122

"DON'T CALL ME STRIPED CHIPMUNK, AND DON'T CALL ME GOPHER!" SAID HE 170

MOTHER WEST WIND "WHERE" STORIES

I

WHERE GRANDFATHER FROG GOT HIS BIG MOUTH

Everybody knows that Grandfather Frog has a big mouth. Of course! It wouldn't be possible to look him straight in the face and not know that he has a big mouth. In fact, about all you see when you look Grandfather Frog full in the face are his great big mouth and two great big goggly eyes. He seems then to be all mouth and eyes.

Anyway, that is what Peter Rabbit says. Peter never will forget the first time he saw Grandfather Frog. Peter was very young then. He had run away from home to see the Great World, and in the course of his wanderings he came to the Smiling Pool. Never before had he seen so much water. The most water he had ever seen before was a little puddle in the Lone Little Path. So when Peter, who was only half grown then, hopped out on the bank of the Smiling Pool and saw it dimpling and smiling in the sunshine, he thought it the most wonderful thing he ever had seen. The truth is that in those days Peter was in the habit of thinking everything he saw for the first time the most wonderful thing yet, and as he was continually seeing new things, and as his eyes always nearly popped out of his head whenever he saw something new, it is a wonder that he didn't become pop eyed.

Peter stared and stared at the Smiling Pool, and little by little he began to see other things. First he noticed the bulrushes growing with their feet in the water... Continue reading book >>




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